Riviera has been bought by the Las Vegas tourism Authority and will be torn down to make way for expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It really comes as no surprise that the Riviera will close, it hasn’t been a player in the gambling or entertainment industry in a long long time. Over the years, it really had very few good ones. Las Vegas will now have a count down to the date of the implosion which will take place in the fall of this year (2015).
What about Circus Circus? Is there a bigger eyesore than Circus Circus? Oddly, it seems to be doing well despite the lack of improvements. Is it popular with the group of People that only like the old Las Vegas? Without the Westward Ho and the Stardust there will be nothing left at the North end of the Las Vegas Strip. That is, unless the biggest project in Las Vegas history actually happens. What sits empty just south of Circus Circus is the wild card. The site is the unfinished Echelon, which Boyd Gaming intended to build where the Stardust once stood, is supposed to become Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas, but construction hasn’t started. Will it? If it does can it help Circus Circus? And will it help SLS? Or is SLS too far from any resorts to benefit?
The north end of the Las Vegas Strip is there for the taking, but will Anyone really take the risk? Las Vegas numbers are good but not on the north end.